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County leaders support gas tax in Alabama to address infrastructure

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)--- More than 400 Alabama county representatives met Wednesday in Montgomery, for the annual Association of County Commissions' Legislative Conference. One of the concern for these county leaders is funding for roads and bridges.  

"We are patching patches, we are filling potholes and taking complaints," said David Money. 

Henry County Commission Chairman David Money, pretty much sums how all 67 Alabama Counties are dealing with roads and bridges.

"It is going to come to a point of funding," said Money. 

"Right now, I would say that over 25 percent of our roads are considered a poor level of service for the public," said Josh Harvill.  

Chambers County engineer Josh Harvill says, their roads look like the stone ages. 

One of the main solutions for addressing Alabama's infrastructure woes, is a gas tax increase. 

"An increase in the gasoline and diesel fuel tax hasn't been passed in Alabama since 1992," said Sonny Brasfield. 

If a gas tax increase is imposed country commissioners say, they want to make sure everyone gets it's far share. 

"What we're doing is finding out what part of the gas tax will come back to us, because everybody wants to know if I'm going to be taxed, then how does that get back to me the everyday consumer," said Lashunda Scales. 

Lawmakers say a gas tax will likely come up in the 2019 Legislative Session. 


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